Brain research funding: U.S. must keep momentum going

It may not surprise you that the mysterious three-pound mass of tissue found in our heads is the least understood of all the human organs. At the same time, what the global brain research community is discovering about the brain is nothing short of astonishing, and we are poised to make discoveries that will help us one day better understand and treat hundreds of debilitating diseases. Building on strong support in Washington over the last two years, America has the power to keep this momentum going. In a time of great disagreement, Congress took strong bipartisan action at the end of 2015 to infuse the National Institutes of Health (NIH) with an additional $2 billion to support research, the largest increase in more than a decade. This funding boost halted…

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